From Staff Reports
Senior defensive end, Eric Gipson, has verbally committed to play for the Texas State University Bobcats in 2019. Texas State, which is in San Marcos near Austin, competes in the Sun Belt Conference Team and is led by third-year head coach Everett Withers.
Currently playing for the Jefferson Bulldogs, Gipson runs a 43.8-second 40-yard dash. The talented Jefferson defensive lineman received several other offers for the 2019 season, but chose Texas State after they had been recruiting him for about five months. He told the Jimplecute he has a great relationship with the college coaches and really liked the school. Gipson’s parents echoed his sentiments, saying they liked the coaching staff and the way they worked with their talented son.
As a junior, Gipson played in the first team defense of the All-State, All-District, and All-East Texas Smoaky team. In 2017, he achieved 137 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, as well as an interception, two forced fumbles, and one blocked kick.
Confirming that defense wins championships, Gipson said that while it “can be really complicated at time, it can change the game really quick” – which he clearly does. In fact, as we reported last week, Gipson and senior linebacker Brennan Varnell led the defensive effort against the Pittsburg Pirates high school football team that resulted in a great 44-35 win for Jefferson Bulldogs.
Asked what his focus was at Jefferson this year, Gipson said he didn’t have a specific focus but rather wanted to just keep going. “I just want to come out on top this year… and finish on top with the most tackles.”
Ultimately, though, he says he wouldn’t be where he is today if it wasn’t for his brother who has encouraged him continuously.
Gipson’s brother, Jordan, plays at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. When Eric was playing cornerback and not getting much playing time, Jordan encouraged him to switch over to defensive end effectively showing how talented he really is.
When asked if Jordan had input into his decision, Eric says no but “without him I wouldn’t be going anywhere right now.”
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